OSKALOOSA — In the past, school board elections have been held in September.
This year will be the first year in Iowa for both school board and city council elections to be held in November, due to decisions made by the Iowa Legislature.
For either race, the first date to file nomination papers is Aug. 26. The last day to file will be Sept. 19. Sept. 24 will be the last day to withdraw or file an objection. Election day is Nov. 5.
Oskaloosa Community School District Board of Directors
Seats open on the Oskaloosa Community School District Board of Directors include those of Amanda McGrew, Erik Edgren, Kraig Van Hulzen and Sharma Parlett.
According to the Iowa Association of School Boards, combining school board and city elections has been "projected to save taxpayers money by eliminating the costs of elections in September."
Information from the IASB shows 51 percent of 1,863 board seats in 327 school districts are up for re-election.
"Many school districts struggle to fill these open board seats—whether it’s finding interested community members to run for a first term, or urging incumbent board members to run for another term. Nearly half of school board members in Iowa serve only one four-year term."
Oskaloosa City Council
The Oskaloosa City Council also has seats opening up, including that of mayor. The position of mayor is a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2021. Twenty-one signatures are needed for candidates to be on the ballot.
Also open is the seat for a Second Ward council member, a position currently filled by Robert Drost, who was appointed to the seat in June of 2019. Ten signatures are needed from voters within that ward.
A fourth ward seat, occupied by Steve Burnett is also open.Ten signatures are needed from voters within that ward as well. For both the Second and Fourth Ward seats, the term is for four years, ending Dec. 31, 2023.
An at-large council position currently occupied by Joe Caligiuri is also available, with a term ending Dec. 31, 2023. A candidate would need 20 signatures.
For the city council seats, each candidate must be a resident of the United States, at least 18 years of age and must an eligible elector in the city and city ward at the time of filing papers and at the time of election. At large council members may live in any ward within the city and may collect signatures from anywhere in the city.
The candidate with the most votes will win. In the case of a tie, the board of supervisors must draw lots.